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The city of Cottonwood Riverfront Reclamation Facility will not be making good on one of its original claims — that a major portion of the A+ quality reclaimed water it produces will be injected below groundwater sources.

On Jan. 3, the City Council unanimously approved a professional services contract for “an amount not to exceed $142,000” to Glendale-based Pineview Consulting to engineer and design an injection well and point-of-compliance well modification at Riverfront Park.

Jerome Town Council passed two ordinances at its meeting on July 11.

The public works director may now live within 15 miles of town limits after Ordinance No. 431 passed in a 4-1 vote. Previously, the director, along with the police and fire chiefs, town manager and town clerk all had to reside within town limits. This left the public works director position unfilled.

Increasingly, libraries act as a great deal more than places to borrow books: Especially in rural Arizona and among less economically advantaged populations, libraries provide a link to technologies, educational opportunities and the larger community.

Thanks to Library Services and Technology Act funding, Cottonwood Public Library is becoming even better at connecting with diverse populations.

The Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce has outgrown its old home at the southwest corner of Main Street and State Route 260, moving its administrative offices and visitor center to the more spacious 2,500-square-foot office space at 849 Cove Parkway.

Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Christian Oliva del Rio said the chamber and visitor center had been stuffed into the under-1,000-square-foot building at the foot of the Home Depot parking lot for far too long.

Mingus Avenue boasts the heaviest traffic of any arterial road in Cottonwood. It’s about to get even worse.

In anticipation of the beginning of the next section of the Mingus Avenue reconstruction project, from Willard Street to the Eighth Street wash, utility companies have been updating their service lines along the roadway.

Interacting via social media is an increasingly demanding aspect of law enforcement. As a recent interaction on Facebook reveals, the Cottonwood Police Department is informing the public and generating conversation — among suspects themselves, people acquainted with suspects and the general, sometimes over-invested, public.

Despite challenges, a program meant to curb the devastating effect of addiction on Cottonwood’s homeless population is closer to fruition.

The Cottonwood Police Department, in collaboration with the Cottonwood city prosecutor and public defender, Spectrum Healthcare Integrated Care Arizona and Angie’s House, has been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Arizona Community Foundation of Yavapai County.

Goodbye, Goodwill. Hello, Circle K.

On June 19, the city of Cottonwood Planning and Zoning Commission unanimously approved Circle K’s petition to close its existing 2,565-square-foot store, open since 1971 at the southwest corner of Main Street and E. Mingus Avenue, and construct a new 5,881-square-foot convenience store and gas station with a 5,053-square-foot fuel canopy directly north of the existing store.

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